Ok, well ive been bitten by the V8 bug and now i want a V8.
It has to be a Ford for obvious reasons, and im looking into the Clevelands.
Im interested in anything from XY-XE.
I reallly would prefer a coupe, but i hear they are expensive. So id settle for a 4door, and may even consider a Ute/PV.
My budget to by the car is $5000, and im located in Perth.
I need your advice on what models to aim for, what to watch out for, what prices, etc. I understand that it is relatively easy to convert a 302 to a 351, so i dont mind either one, but prefer 351.
Also obviously because of the age of these cars, rust is a very big problem. Naturally ill be aiming for something without rust, but what options do i have if i purchase one with a bit of rust?
Anyways, any help, advice, or information will be greatly appreciated!
One thing to keep in mind, is anything after XB comes under the EPA pollution guidelines, so if you want to hot it up, and keep it legal, better to stick to XB or before.
If you buy XC XD or XE, it would be better on straight gas as a way around it.
You should be able to get a decent XY-XB for around those $ if you look. I've found a few myself for around the $5000 mark and less but aren't what I am looking for and are what I think over priced.
If you want something that'll hold it's value? Go for an XY. XA's are getting there but XB is a long way off although some people tend to put dreamy prices on them. I've found quite a few decent XC's for around the $1500 mark. One of my mates even bought one (an XC GXL). I am looking around the $3000 mark myself for a clean stock r/w and reg'd car.
With a $5000 budget don't bother with a GT. You should get a nice clean GS or Fairmont model. I'd like a ute personally as it's practical and I could use it for those times when you buy something large. When you can't figure out how the hell your going to get it home.
What makes a difference in the price is what condition the owner thinks the cars in. Some owners think piles of rust is normal. It's not for a well kept car. A good honest car is the best way to go. Not something that looks/sounds flash now but down the track you find all sorts of surprises.
I've also found it better not to set out to purchase from an enthusiast. As they are the ones trying to recover the thousands of wasted $ they spent. Another thing to keep in mind is market value. As remember insurance will only give you so much back if it's written off.
Should also add where to check for rust;
1) rear 1/4 panels
2) rear window pillars
3) front floor pans
4) underneath the front cowling around the vents
6) channels on both sides from the front pillar to the back pillar
7) behind the front kick panels
8) inside of the rear wheel arches (rust just under the back doors is a dead give away for this).
keep in mind a lot of fairlanes and LTD's had 351, fmx, 9 inch diffs. you will not find a coupe for 5 grand that won't need 4k put into the body. i'd go for a xw-xb 500 and get a fairlane for the donor drive train. then take the interior apart and sell it piece by piece on ebay...........you'll get your money back LOL
depends if your a back yarder or you want to jump into something and drive away.
You will not find a coupe for 5 grand that won't need 4k put into the body.
I wouldn't say that. XBWGN's XB GS coupe cost $500 (302/4spd/2.92 diff). Bugger all $ later its (302/4spd/3.5 diff 163rwkw and now just freshly painted BA Falcon Blood orange. In the pic below the car needs some assembly (prob this weekend) and a cut'n'polish (prob in a couple of weeks).
A little time can tidy up almost anything. The biggest $ thing on this car was replacing the metal underneath the window and I even think that way only $200 from memory.
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